Jake May, 31, is an editorial photojournalist who lives in Flint, Mich. His work on the city's ongoing water crisis was honored as a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography, as well as a 2016 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Feature Photography. His portfolio was also recognized twice by the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism: Third place (2017) and Honorable Mention (2015) in Photojournalist of the Year, smaller markets. The NPPA also awarded him a Special Citation for his work on the Flint water crisis. May was named the Michigan Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association for 2016 and has claimed the 2015 and 2016 Barry Edmonds Michigan Understanding Award.
He pursues access to real lives and moments, striving to always dive deeper into stories to make emotionally potent images that stay with readers and expose issues happening right in their backyard compassionately.
May, who attended Central Michigan University, is currently the chief photojournalist at The Flint Journal, proudly working alongside the #Flinterns: some of the brightest, young photojournalistic minds and eyes nationwide.
He currently serves as the Michigan Press Photographers Association president (since Feb. 2013), and the Midwest Regional Chair (since Sept. 2014). He attended The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, and coached at The Mountain Workshops in Oct. 2016. May has also judged statewide photojournalism competitions in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.
When May is not capturing life through his lens, this beard enthusiast enjoys fitness, karaoke and cooking. He is a dance fanatic and champion pig wrestler, who also happens to love everything zombie and time travel.